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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Center Console Removal

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$0

Talent:

**

Tools:

Trim removal tool, T20 Torx

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

New console

Hot Tip:

Be careful not to break the thin plastic

Performance Gain:

Set your parking brake correctly

Complementary Modification:

New shifter knob

There are lots of reasons for removing the rear console, from running new wires for a stereo or navigation system to adjusting the emergency brake cable. Most of these jobs can be accomplished by removing the rear console covers and trim pieces, but if you need to replace or adjust the emergency brake cable you will need to remove the console support structure. This will involve removing the right seat along with the front center console. Please see our articles on seat and front console removal for additional assistance.

There are a variety of options for the interior of the GTI MkV, and while rear consoles can be different the basic procedure is the same.

The left seat has been removed for photographic purposes only. You do not need to remove the seat to perform this work.

The rear center console is divided into two sections - the cup holder section (red arrow) and the brake handle section (yellow arrow).
Figure 1

The rear center console is divided into two sections - the cup holder section (red arrow) and the brake handle section (yellow arrow).

Begin by opening the cup holder and removing the two T20 Torx screws (red arrows).
Figure 2

Begin by opening the cup holder and removing the two T20 Torx screws (red arrows). If you remove the cup holder from the console it is required to close the cup holder prior to reinstallation.

Use a trim removal tool or your fingers and gently separate the plastic surround from the base (red arrow) on both sides.
Figure 3

Use a trim removal tool or your fingers and gently separate the plastic surround from the base (red arrow) on both sides.

Pivot the piece up from the bottom (red arrow) and then remove it upward from the hinge on the top (yellow arrow).
Figure 4

Pivot the piece up from the bottom (red arrow) and then remove it upward from the hinge on the top (yellow arrow).

Open the arm rest compartment and use a trim removal tool to open the forward plastic piece (red arrow).
Figure 5

Open the arm rest compartment and use a trim removal tool to open the forward plastic piece (red arrow).

Use a T20 Torx and remove the single screw (red arrow).
Figure 6

Use a T20 Torx and remove the single screw (red arrow).

Remove the two T20 Torx screws on each side of the cover piece (red arrows).
Figure 7

Remove the two T20 Torx screws on each side of the cover piece (red arrows).

With the arm rest open you can lift the cover up and off the mounting piece.
Figure 8

With the arm rest open you can lift the cover up and off the mounting piece.

If you need to install or adjust the parking brake cable you will need to remove the front center console and right side front seat to be able to remove the rear support structure.
Figure 9

If you need to install or adjust the parking brake cable you will need to remove the front center console and right side front seat to be able to remove the rear support structure. The parking brake cable and handle assembly is under the support structure (red arrow). Please see our article on front center console and seat removal for additional assistance.

On the left side of the support structure remove the two T20 Torx screws (red arrows) - one on the base and one beside the parking brake handle (red arrows).
Figure 10

On the left side of the support structure remove the two T20 Torx screws (red arrows) - one on the base and one beside the parking brake handle (red arrows).

Remove the two T20 Torx screws (red arrows) at the rear of the structure.
Figure 11

Remove the two T20 Torx screws (red arrows) at the rear of the structure.

With the right side seat removed, remove the two T20 Torx screws (red arrows).
Figure 12

With the right side seat removed, remove the two T20 Torx screws (red arrows). You can now lift up the console enough to get access to the parking brake cable for adjustment and replacement, if you need to remove the parking brake handle and assembly you will need to remove the front console. Please see our article on front console removal for additional instruction.

With the front console removed you can now remove the rear console support (red arrow) from the air duct and brake handle assembly (yellow arrow).
Figure 13

With the front console removed you can now remove the rear console support (red arrow) from the air duct and brake handle assembly (yellow arrow). Installation is the reverse of removal.

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